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QRU Match No. 638 - Explosive night brings new Ballymore era

Queenslanders are Remembering

QRU Match No. 638 - April 22, 1994

QRU Match No. 638 saw Ballymore’s newly constructed lights ceremoniously switched-on to host Northern Transvaal for the first capped night match in Queensland. John Eales led his side out to fireworks which marked a new era of the home of Queensland Rugby.

"The lights have now been turned up to full brilliance here at Ballymore. It really is a spectacular scene for the christening of the lights here, on the 30th March 1994." Gordon Bray

The fireworks continued after kick-off with scintillating form from Reds flanker Ilie Tabua and winger Barry Lea, who crossed for two tries each. Springbok scrumhalf Joost Van der Westhuizen, kept the Queensland line busy, but the local backs were simply too good to be subdued. Tries were added by Wallabies Tim Horan, Damian Smith and Daniel Herbert, along with nine points from John Eales’ boot to enforce a dramatic 44-19 victory.

"A new side of Ballymore. It’s always been wonderful during the day and at the weekend but night time is an absolute picture." Chris Handy

Ballymore's lights ensured the ground remained a premier domestic and international venue for another fifteen years before crowd sizes necessitated a move to Milton’s Suncorp Stadium.

Queensland Representative Number 1012, John Eales

Queensland team that faced Northern Transvaal - April 22, 1994

Jersey No. QRU No. Name
1 958 Cameron Lillicrap
2 1025 Michael Foley
3 1028 Adrian Skeggs
4 1012 John Eales
5 1011 Garrick Morgan
6 976 Roderick McCall
7 1032 Ilvasi 'Ilie' Tabua
8 979 Sam Scott-Young
9 968 Peter Slattery
10 982 Paul Kahl
11 988 Paul Carozza
12 1007 Tim Horan
13 974 Anthony Herbert
14 1048 Barry Lea
15 1029 Matthew Pini
Reserve 983 Daniel Crowley
Reserve 1004 David Wilson
Reserve 1030 Damian Smith
Reserve 1039 Daniel Herbert
Reserve 1045 Brendan Cannon


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